In-home caregivers assist people with certain health conditions with activities of daily living. Most commonly, family members hire caregivers to help seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, or seniors with disabilities/health conditions. If you are currently looking to hire such an expert to take care of your elderly loved one for a few hours a day, or even looking for a 24-hour in-home care giving solution, you should know about the importance of a good relationship and special bond between the senior and the caregiver.
More specifically, before hiring such help, make sure you spend enough quality time with the respective candidate discussing both personal and medical aspects about your loved one. Caregivers need to step into this job having enough precious information about the person they will take care of on a daily basis. The caregiver and your loved one will become extremely close partners, even very good friends. They will spend a lot of time together each day, and for this caregiver-patient relationship to work, it takes patience, understanding, and good communication.
As a family member getting ready to hire the services of a caregiver, there is certain key information you should communicate to the candidate. Sit down with the caregiver and have a nice discussion where you will inform the caregiver about the following:
- The main hobbies, likes and dislikes of your loved one. This information will help the caregiver give a very good impression right from the beginning and entertaining the patient by using the most efficient strategies. The caregiver will be able to approach the patient in the most friendly manner when he/she knows these facts
- Information pertaining to the medical background of your dear one- any underlying health issues, past and current treatments, required prescription medication, etc.
- Nutritional requirements- if the patient has diabetes for example, there are certain meal plans that must be followed. Or, if your dear one struggles with high blood pressure there is again need to pay attention to the meal preparation process
- Personality related changes and issues- patients with Dementia struggle with many such behavioral changes, and the caregiver should know about them
- Information pertaining to friends, social outings, family events and habits
Remember that by providing the caregiver with all this information you will help building a much stronger bond between your loved one and the caregiver right from the beginning. It is also important that you and the caregiver have seamless communication, and thus together you are looking for the best interest of the patient.